Azerbaijani top official: Armenian leaders do not want to resolve Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in reality
Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 22 /Trend, S.Agayeva/
Head of the Foreign Relations Department at the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Novruz Mammadov commented on the statement by Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan that he made at the congress of the Vmeste youth movement on the Sevan Lake.
"The English philosopher John Toland said: "The more ancient the lie, the dangerous it is. Hence, it is deeply rooted". "For centuries, the Armenian people have been indoctrinated the idea on the existence of "Great Armenia" and that this "Great Armenia" had existed on the territory of modern Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, etc. The Armenians, who always preferred to be under the auspices of someone, turned into a hostage of adventurist and absurd ambitions of their leaders," Mammadov told Trend.
Hypocritically claiming upon Armenian that these lands were Armenian, the Armenians had lived there for centuries, the current president of Armenia even ignores many archival materials, documents of the early and mid 19th century, which testify the resettlement of Armenians to these lands, said Mammadov. "And these tsar's decrees, orders on resettlement, etc. are kept in the archives of Russia, Georgia, Turkey and other countries," said Mammadov.
Mammadov said that Sargsyan is right, declaring that "history and time proved who is afraid, who is an adventurer, who can stay and run away, who can be ready to die for the native land". "It does not need and I think it is impossible to only powder the brains of countrymen. So, perhaps, the Armenians were scattered throughout the world "to die for the sake of the native land", leaving the tiny part of those who wanted much to escape, but still can not, since they do not have the funds," said Mammadov.
And as for who is an adventurer, unfortunately, Sargsyan misunderstands that everything that has happened with the Armenian people throughout its history is the consequences of the adventurist acts of its leaders, which are apparently continuing.
"One is surprising: both leaders and scientists and the entire educated part of the Armenian community are well aware that the legend on the historical past of Armenians is completely false and that such an approach to history is not productive and ultimately is useless, but they still continue to go on this way for the sake of their ambitions," said Mammadov.
"Today I am convinced once again that in reality the leaders of Armenia do not want to resolve this conflict. Apparently, the status quo is satisfactory for them. The negotiations are necessary for them to delay the time and to splurge the international community. Yes, I am sure that the time will come when we shall find a key to solving the problem, and this key will be adequate to the Armenian behavior in these processes," said Mammadov.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.